2020-21 Long Pond Watershed Survey
On September 22- 23, 2020, the Belgrade Lakes Association (BLA) will be conducting a survey of the developed land areas in the Long Pond watershed which includes portions of land within the towns of Mount Vernon, Belgrade, Rome, Vienna and New Sharon. The purpose of the survey is to identify and prioritize sources of erosion and stormwater runoff that may affect the water quality of the lake, which is considered impaired for not meeting state water quality standards due to a decline in water quality over the past 30 years. The last survey of the Long Pond watershed was conducted in 2002, 18 years ago.
Current information is needed to help develop a watershed management plan that will protect and improve water quality. A new survey is also a necessary step for applying and receiving grant funding from the Maine Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). These funds can provide cost-sharing opportunities landowners, road associations, and towns to complete improvements identified during the survey. Acquiring grant funding is a 2- to 3-year process that begins with the volunteer assisted watershed survey, followed by updating the watershed management plan.
Town of Mount Vernon residents owning land in the Long Pond watershed will receive a letter from BLA the week of August 17th requesting permission to survey your property. Participation in the survey is voluntary and landowners do not need to be present to participate. All survey work will be completed in compliance with state COVID-19 guidelines to ensure the safety of survey volunteers and landowners.
For more information contact the BLA at: (207) 512-5150 or email info@BLAmaine.org.
For the 2018 Great Pond Watershed Survey, Click Here.
As many of you prepare
to come back to the lake, it would be well to check
with the Maine CDC to get the most up to date information as your departure
time nears. We hope to see you soon!
For 2021, your Belgrade Lakes Association is now into their third year of their Loon Preservation Project with renowned expert Lee Attix of Loon Conservation Associates. We continue to solicit funding to conduct a common loon (Gavia
immer) study on both Great and Long Ponds to develop a comprehensive plan in order to
support and grow the loon population in a sustainable manner. With this plan,
we will be better prepared to establish and maintain nesting areas that are
sensible and well-protected.
Volunteers on the two lakes have always understood the
significant of these beautiful birds within our environment. Each year, many
volunteers canvas the waters for loons in support of the annual Audubon Loon
Count. These loon-lovers along with the BLA and like stewards of the environment are willing and able; with the necessary funding and resulting study, to better assist and educate all of the volunteers and maximize their impact on the region.
The Belgrade Lakes Association, consisting of 560 members as of late 2019, continues to work
hard to foster strong relationships in an effort to create a sustainable
environment within the watershed. The Association has been involved in providing
educational opportunities in the region related to water quality and the
environment; we have also been working cooperatively with Colby College on
several water quality-related initiatives, served as the region’s leader in
milfoil remediation and prevention, provided support for the study and
treatment of phosphorus-related blooms, as well as providing support for land
conservation in order to protect the water resources.
The impact of weather on our environment can be
significant and we must gain a better perspective of its impact on our
resources. These changes have impacted the common loon and its habits within
the region. We understand that pollutants have an impact on the loon
population so we all must strive to minimize such negative effects. Our Association seeks
to be proactive in supporting our loon population rather than be caught flat footed wondering what happened to our loons!
The targeted study is being organized by Lee Attix, a
demonstrated research and conservation professional. The project includes a comprehensive study of the watershed area, a survey of the two lakes,
consulting on effective loon management strategies, public presentations,
volunteer training, contaminant analysis, among other helpful, important tasks
to enable the Belgrade Lakes Association to leverage its volunteer pool in
protecting and strengthening the common loon population.
Number of People
Served by the Project: 5,900 year-round residents, plus an approximate 4,400 seasonal
Served by the Project: The primary focus of this project takes place within
the watersheds of Great Pond and Long Pond in the towns of Rome, Belgrade, and
Mount Vernon, within Kennebec County, Maine. The project covers approximately
133 square miles, of which 26.5 acres is water.
Time frame for
the Project: 2019-2023. (We have successfully completed our 2020 Monitoring Summary Report and we are now already deep into our 2021 Season)
New BLA Loon Nest Great Pond 2021
BLA Loon Nest Upper Long Pond 2020
25 yr old Floating nest upper Long Pond 2019
July 24th, 2020 Loon Survey Update
The 2020 Belgrade Lakes Common Loon Monitoring Summary Report
2019 Belgrade Lakes Common Loon Monitoring Summary Report
For the results of the 2020 Audubon Loon Count:
2019 Great Pond 2019 Long Pond
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Maine's 200 ft No Wake Zone:
It is illegal to operate a vessel at greater than “headway speed” (the slowest speed at which it is still possible to maintain steering and control of the vessel) while:
Within 200 feet of any shoreline, including islands
Exception: Vessels may operate at greater than headway speed in the areas listed above while actively fishing or while following a direct course to pick up or drop off skiers.
2021 Lake Friendly and Economical Septic Systems Lecture
2021 MEMBERSHIP LETTER and INVITATIONS
2020 OUR YEAR END ANNUAL APPEAL
2020 BLA Member Update Program- Recorded
2021 SUMMER RAFFLE DETAILS
2020-21 WINTER NEWSLETTER
2020-21 FALL and WINTER WATER LEVELS
BELGRADE LAKES ASSOCIATION'S 100 YR AWARD
2020 BELGRADE LOON MONITORING SUMMARY
LONG POND'S CASTLE ISLAND BRIDGE CLEARANCES
DONATE TO YOUR FAVORITE CHARITY, by Bert Languet (Reprinted from the 2019 BLA Summer Newsletter)
As a member you will receive quarterly newsletters, an invitation to the annual meeting, and other BLA sponsored events. Most importantly, you will be part of an important local effort and gain insight on how to "protect and preserve" these precious resources we enjoy today.
The Belgrade Lakes Association is, by our best estimates, the oldest Lake's Association in the State of Maine, holing back to 1909.Water Quality programs continue to form the heart of the Belgrade Lakes Association's mission. Our Mission is "To protect and improve the watershed of Great and Long Pond through preservation, education and action." The Belgrade Lakes Association welcomes your contribution. Every dollar helps us to protect and preserve Great and Long Ponds, and the surrounding watershed. Please DONATE TODAY.
To protect and improve the watershed of Great Pond and Long Pond through preservation, education, and action.